On September 22, 2023, the Idaho Supreme Court disbarred attorney Kameron M. Youngblood from practicing law in Idaho. Youngblood was put on interim suspension on February 9, 2023, due to his failure to respond to disciplinary investigations conducted by the Bar Counsel.
The charges cited Youngblood’s violation of Rules 1.2(a) (Failure to abide by client objectives), 1.3 (Failure to act with reasonable promptness and diligence in representing a client), 1.4 (Failure to reasonably communicate with a client), 1.5(b) (Failure to explain the basis or rate of fees and expenses for which the client would be responsible), 1.7(a)(2) ( Engaging in a concurrent conflict of interest), 1.16(d) (Failure to protect client interests upon termination of representation), 3.4(c) (Knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of a tribunal), 8.4(c) (Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation), 8.4(d) (Engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice), 8.1(b) (Failure to respond to Bar Counsel in conduct prejudicial to a disciplinary investigation), of Idaho Rules of Professional Conuct, and Idaho Bar Commission Rule 505(e) (Failure to respond to requests from Bar Counsel).
The Court found out that Youngblood violated the above-cited rules based on his actions in several bankruptcy cases, two criminal defense cases, and one estate planning matter. The court determined that he had committed numerous breaches, including failure to adhere to client objectives, lack of diligence in representing clients, failure to communicate effectively, inadequate explanation of fees and expenses, engaging in conflicts of interest, and failure to protect client interests upon the termination of representation.
Additionally, Mr. Youngblood was found to have knowingly disobeyed obligations under the rules of a tribunal and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. The court concluded that his actions were prejudicial to the administration of justice. Furthermore, Mr. Youngblood failed to respond to Bar Counsel during the disciplinary investigation, which resulted in an additional charge of failure to cooperate.
Accordingly, the Court ruled to have Youngblood’s name stricken from the records of the Idaho Supreme Court and revoked his right to practice law before the courts in Idaho. He may not apply for admission to the Idaho State Bar sooner than five years from the effective date of his disbarment. If he does make such an application, he will be required to comply with all bar admission requirements in Section II of the Idaho Bar Commission Rules and will have the burden of overcoming the rebuttable presumption of “unfitness to practice law.”
The Court informed individuals who were previously represented by Youngblood and suspected that he engaged in dishonest conduct related to their cases, as well as those who paid advance fees that were neither earned nor refunded, that they now have the opportunity to file a claim with the Client Assistance Fund. The necessary claim form can be accessed here.
Mr. Kameron M. Youngblood’s professional profile indicates that he practiced in Idaho Falls, Idaho prior to the disbarment. He acquired his law license in Idaho in 2005.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.